Ditch the cold and harsh winter winds and make the most of an island escape to Fiji.
If you’re craving a beach escape in the tropics, then look no further than Fiji. With sun-drenched weather, colourful corals and accommodation for all budgets, Fiji is your all-inclusive destination to break out from this Aussie winter.
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1. The tropical islands
Fiji is made up of 333 different islands, some big, some small, and all surrounded by pristine blue waters. Most visitors will begin their journey at Nadi, a bustling multi-cultural town home to the main international airport.
If you’re looking for something a little more luxe, your next stop should be on the main island of Viti Levu where you can enjoy five-star luxury at Denarau or the Coral Coast – a well established yet lesser known section of Fiji’s coastline, dotted with swaying palm trees, attractive resorts and laidback locals.
Looking for that classic island holiday? Your best bet is the Mamanucas island chain (think Castaway – literally, it was filmed there). There are also the scuba diving havens of Taveuni and Kadavu. If you’re craving a complete retreat from busy life, try the Lau Islands.
2. The culture
Few things are more humbling than the locals’ warm smiles and generous hospitality. But ‘bula’, the traditional greeting, means a whole lot more than ‘hello’ to the Fijians. Its literal translation is ‘life’ and offers warm wishes for your health, happiness and good fortune. For the locals, living life on ‘Fiji time’ with family and friends is their first priority, so one of the best things about Fiji is that encourages visitors to slow down and embrace their holiday.
3. Day trips on the water
Blessed with breathtaking natural scenery, soft coral, colourful fish and clear waters, Fiji has some of the best dive spots in the world. Stay on almost any of the islands and you’ll find an array of excursions to choose from. A day cruise to Tivua Island will have everything you need from complimentary snorkelling gear and paddle boards, a buffet lunch and entertainment on the trip back.
For those wanting to catch some waves, Fiji also has impressive surf breaks.
Fiji’s floating paradise, Cloud 9 is surrounded by nothing but the turquoise blue waters of Vanua Malolo on Ro Ro reef. This two level floating lounge bar and restaurant has day beds, sun decks and massage therapists on board.
There are also options to kayak, fish, sail, parasail, jet ski or even try Flyboarding.
4. The dining experience
Fiji once had a reputation for less than spectacular cuisine, but this has changed dramatically over last few years. Wriggle your toes in the sandy interior of Wicked Walu as they bring the beach inside, or indulge in a fine dining experience at Ports O’Call at the Sheraton Fiji Resort . Here you’ll dine in what feels like a luxury classic ocean liner with some of Fiji’s best food. If you’re looking for something a cooler, at Lomani Wai you can dine while you keep your feel cool in the water.
Celebrity chef Lance Seeto of Lali Sandbar & Grill brings together his cross-culinary expertise blending Chinese and Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort who also specialise in bespoke couples’ dining experiences such as exclusive beach-side tables for two and romantic private island picnics.
5. The incredible sunsets
Salt at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa offers up the most picture-postcard ocean views complete with swaying palm trees. But the sunset experience on the sandy beaches are just as beautiful. The Coral Coast, also coined the Sunset Strip, is one of the best places to watch the amber rays go down.
One of our favourites is the adults-only Kalokalo Bar perched high above the Coral Coast when you can enjoy tapas and champagne.
6. It suits all budgets
Whether you’re looking for the backpacker experience or to relax in a five-star resort, Fiji has accommodation to suite all budgets. Plus, the Fijian dollar isn’t the strongest currency so if you’re coming from Australia then you’ll find your money will go the extra mile.
But the key to making your money go further is stepping out of the resorts and going local. Dining in hotels and booking activities through your accommodation provider will raise the price as opposed to eating at local restaurants or going straight to the activities company.
For more on what to see and do in Fiji, check out our Ultimate Fiji Travel Guide.
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